1Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,2“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”3Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?4For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’5But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’6they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.7You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:8“ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.9They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’”10Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.11What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”12Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”13He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.14Leave them; they are blind guides.If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”15Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”16“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them.17“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?18But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.19For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.20These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”
21Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.22A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”25The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.26He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”27“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”28Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
29Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down.30Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.31The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.32Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”33His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”34“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”35He told the crowd to sit down on the ground.36Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.37They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.38The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children.39After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.
1The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus2and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.3(The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.4When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles. )5So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”6He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.7They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’8You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”9And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observeyour own traditions!10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’11But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)—12then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother.13Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”14Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.15Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”17After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.18“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them?19For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)20He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them.21For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,22adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.23All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
24Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.25In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet.26The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.27“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”28“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”29Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”30She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
31Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.32There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.33After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue.34He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).35At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.36Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.37People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”